|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1945|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1980|
Monty Lynn Heckler was born to Lawrence Melvin and Ruth Evelyn (Bledsoe) in Clark Hospital, Paoli, Orange County, IN on October 6, 1945.
A brother, Jerry Lynn, had died in 1944 at 13 mos. old from an accidental fall from over the arm of a children's rocking chair. Ruth died on May 12, 1999 as a result of a car wreck in Ft. Myers, FL. Melvin died January 8, 2005 from lung cancer in Biloxi, MS.
He had one sister, Chiquita Leilania. The children were raised on and off in French Lick by their maternal grandparents, Albert (Plute) & Dessie (Mickler) Bledsoe. Their dad was in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, and the parents were married and divorced several times throughout their childhood. The kids lived all the way from Rhode Island, down to Key West, FL, and out to Tyler, TX while growing up, and attended many schools in one school year. Monty and Chiquita graduated together from Springs Valley High School in French Lick, IN in 1964. July 12, 2014 saw the celebration of their 50th Class Reunion in French Lick, IN.
Monty married high school sweetheart, Rita Ann Marshall on April 11, 1964 in French Lick, IN. This union produced Monique Rene' and Erich Michael Heckler. Monty never lived long enough to enjoy grandchildren from Erich - Madison, Sydney, Hanna, and Hudson.
Monty was always popular, outgoing and industrious even as a teenager, putting his heart and soul into every endeavor. His charisma never ended. He was very protective of all his family, and a good businessman. He owned and operated a very successful excavation company, H & H Contracting, in French Lick and West Baden, Orange County, IN and lastly in Ft. Myers, Lee County, FL. Monty was well respected and liked in his communities.
Sadly he died in 1980 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his broken heart. We continue to miss him terribly, day after day, but as long as our hearts are beating, we will hold him dear and close, and know we will meet again.
Lawrence Melvin Heckler (1925 - 2005)
Ruth Evelyn Bledsoe Heckler Mitchell (1927 - 1999)
Rita Ann Marshall Heckler (1945 - ____)*
Jerry Lynn Heckler (1943 - 1944)*
Monty Lynn Heckler (1945 - 1980)*
Monty Lynn Heckler (1945 - 1980)
Chiquita Leilania Heckler Baker (1947 - ____)*
HECKLER, 1945 MONTY LYNN 1980, 1945 RITA ANN
Note: Remembrance Stone at Ames Chapel (Memorial #170426408), Cremains in Ft. Myers (Memorial #75047219).
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens
Plot: Cremation Garden, Area 5, Unit EC-1, Niche #15
Created by: Chiquita
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75047219
Monty, my heart is heavy today, having found you placed in a cemetery here. I'm sorry no one could bother to tell your sister they were no longer holding your ashes. We had a family plot saved for you back home at Ames Chapel beside our baby brother, Jer...(Read more)|
Added: Apr. 19, 2016
If only you could have been happier, you could have been here yesterday with me to celebrate your 70th birthday, Monty. It's been an awfully long time without you, but I have a son and a grandson that so closely remind me of what you and I had in sibling...(Read more)|
Added: Oct. 7, 2015
From me Big Bro, as I attended our 50th Class Reunion this summer at French Lick - without you, and without all of those that loved us. Sis|
Added: Nov. 21, 2014
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